It’s true – I sent a few snarky tweets out as I watched Paul Ryan describe his party’s crushing rejection of his Healthcare Opus. “Spin baby spin!” I typed, as he lamely cited governing growing pains as the cause of the rebuff.
And I’ll admit to feeling a little smug as I listened to President Trump try (and fail) to place the blame for his first legislative loss on disloyal party members and Democrats. Whether he likes it or not, I thought, the buck stops with him.
My pleasure with the way things have played out for the GOP’s plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare is more than schadenfreude, though. Trumpcare was a bad idea that would have hurt a lot of Americans. I am grateful that its time has not yet come.
But this isn’t game over. While the Speaker of The House may be ready to acknowledge Obamacare as the law of the land, this Administration, I’m afraid, is not. In fact, they are already hinting at cobbling together Trumpcare Part Deux: On Saturday morning POTUS was tweeting about “piecing together a great healthcare plan” after Obamacare explodes, chiding his supporters to “not worry”. VP Mike Pence promised small business owners in West Virginia, [the Washington insider – his description] “victory won’t last long.”
The Democratic Party and all of us who support the Affordable Care Act need to focus now on fixing what is broken with the Health Law. We need to reach across the aisle and work with those who have opposed the regulation to find solutions. Adequate healthcare is a necessary component to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” for all Americans and the ACA is the closest our country has come yet to providing it. We do not need to repeal and replace Obamacare – we need to revise it.
For too long Republicans have blamed Obamacare for what ails America. In a weird “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon” way they can trace every issue facing our country to the law. Never mind that their reasoning is bullshit. They will reach well past common sense to make the Obamacare = boogeyman connection. But seven years’ guys?! C’mon man!
We all know the definition of insanity…do Republicans really want to keep beating this dead horse? Instead of continuing to rally your constituents with the same old “Death to the ACA” battle cry wouldn’t it be better to try a different tactic? How about encouraging a spirit of cooperation between the citizens of our nation in the interest of the common good? Who knows what we could fix if we were all on the same team. After all, we are Americans first, before we become party-members.